Hawkwood’s Seed Festival
celebrates courageous leadership,
creative expression and innovation
in partnership with our natural world
∇ Climate Leaders ∇ Change-Makers
∇ Speakers ∇ Activists ∇ Artists
∇ Musicians ∇ Poets ∇ Connectors
∇ Facilitators ∇ Film-Makers ∇ More
Hawkwood’s Seed Festival – Charity no. 311767
Action is the theme of the 2019
Hawkwood’s Seed Festival.
We are at a crossroads, and with growing environmental and political challenges around the world there has perhaps never been a more crucial time to come together and act with our future, and the planet in mind.
With over 100 contributors, workshops, activities and exhibitions over the weekend, Hawkwood’s Seed Festival (Charity no. 311767) provides a fertile ground for festival-goers to explore their own personal connection to the earth and the challenges of environmental change through music, poetry, debate, nature and community connection.
Celebrating and protecting our environment is central to the ethos of Hawkwood and our grounds with onsite biodynamic farm, woodland, natural spring and gardens provide an ideal setting for planting big ideas. We are proud to organise and host this weekend in partnership with Seed Idea that acts as a catalyst for action, activism and creative expression.
2017’s huge line-up, included BBC’s Bruce Parry, Caroline Lucas, Tim Smit and Rob Hopkins, plus world-class music from Rising Appalachia, Ganda Boys, Seize the Day’s Shannon Smy, and BBC and Radio 4 Poet Matt Harvey, Chris Paradox and more.
In 2013 and 2017 Hawkwood’s Seed Festival featured Charles Eisenstein, Mac Macartney, Satish Kumar, Scilla Elsworthy, Polly Higgins, Juliet Davenport, Nigel Shaw & Caroline Hillyer, Sika, Seize the Day and much more.
Hawkwood - Centre for Future Thinking
Our vision is about creating the world we want for now and our future. We are a place that convenes people and organisations from many disciplines in support of creative endeavour, a flourishing society and a sustainable environment.
Planting Big Ideas
Hawkwood’s beautiful setting with its biodynamic farm, country house, natural spring, gorgeous grounds and woodlands allow people to relax and be nourished in nature.
Charles Eisenstein – Sacred Economics • Caroline Lucas & Natalie Bennett – Green Party Leader • Jonathon Porritt – Forum for the Future • Scilla Elworthy – Rising Women, Rising World • Satish Kumar – Resurgence • Polly Higgins – Ecocide • Mac Macartney – Embercombe and so many more
Whether your visting for a conference, enjoying a course, hiring it as a venue or simply chilling out at Rest-ival, Hawkwood is an inspiring and warm hearted home away from home.
Our vision is to create a better world for now and for the future. We bring together people and organisations from many backgrounds in support of creative endeavour, a flourishing community and a sustainable environment.
We deliver three exceptional programmes:
A Place to Grow – a rich and varied educational programme that welcomes high profile, exceptional leaders and tutors to run courses in the areas of arts, well-being leadership and sustainability.
A Place to Create – we provide a cultural hub in the heart of the Cotswolds supporting artistic professionals and social entrepreneurs of all ages working with local, regional and national organisations.
A Place for Conversation – we provide a space for people to explore pressing issues for society and our environment. In collaboration with world leaders in social change, we are working to create a valuable community resource that supports bold ideas for a creative and flourishing society.
We are committed to caring for the environment and strive to be ethical and thoughtful in all aspects of our work.
Seed Festival – Planting Big Ideas is one of our inspirational events programmed in collaboration with Seed Idea encouraging ethical living and inspiring action in support of climate justice.
Come and join us at Hawkwood!
When my clients connect passionately to their deepest WHY they tap into a vast and rich vein of energy and enthusiasm. Arriving with their initial idea I take them on an unorthodox journey through my creative toolkit to make this fledging idea more rich and robust, so it has a chance to thrive amidst the external pressures of life.
It doesn’t matter what their project is, they’re encourage to explore it as a painting, an opera, a stand-up, a cause and more – all unearth different treasures. It’s the opera though, that connects them to their WHY as they allow the emotion to move unedited and the more total the expression, the deeper dive into their WHY.
For me my WHY is simple. I Ignite Change-Makers, not just for them or me, but for the sake of us all. It lites me up when they connect with their passion project, embody their brilliance, transform their calling into a business and have the impact they long for. If everyone in the world were doing what they LOVE 24/7 the world would change. I’m not talking about a fluffy love but Love as a muscle. For me the Seed Festival is about Loves’ role in the Eco-Movement, as fear simply doesn’t work. So lets take action to protect what we Love, fuelled by a deep passionate WHY!
Victoria Whelan – Seed Idea
This one-day conference at the British Library will explore the potential and challenges of the shift towards farming more plants, and look at the benefits for the environment, public health and animals. It will consider how we can tend our land more effectively, to provide for our changing diets, benefit our farming communities and protect our natural environment.
Among its 30+ speakers are keynote speakers Marcela Villarreal of the United Nations, Dr Helen Harwatt of Harvard University, and Natalie Bennett, former Leader of the Green Party. Book your place now
Join us online and learn more about Schumacher College postgraduate programmes.
Schumacher College has a community-based approach to learning drawing on 90 years of progressive education at Dartington Hall where the emphasis is on ‘whole person learning’ and ‘learning by doing’.
Nature connection is at the heart of our work with small-group study in the classroom, the forest, the kitchen and the field.
Discover resources and videos, ask questions and talk to academic faculty and students by joining us online between 11-2 pm GMT 5th of April and take part in live Q&A chat sessions with our academics and staff. Find our more about the open day
“Nature shrinks as capital grows. The growth of the market cannot solve the very crisis it creates.”
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”
“This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history.”